| Dec 23, 2012
North Korea is an international pariah, a bandit state, the "Hermit Kingdom." It's also a net exporter of news: North Korea announced Friday that it had detained an American citizen for "hostile acts against the republic." And a rocket launch this month...
| Apr 4, 2013
You know the Calumet Baking Powder cans in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"? You know — the Calumet Baking cans? Lining the pantry of the film's Overlook Hotel? No, no: The baking cans behind all the carnage! Right, those baking cans. What's that,...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 5:13 PM
Málaga — El director de cine español Jesús Franco, que recibió el Goya de Honor de la Academia de Cine en 2008 y trabajó en Hollywood con actores como Christopher Lee y Klaus Kinski murió esta semana en su hogar en Málaga tras sufrir un derrame...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:05 PM
From 1964, a time when the world seemed ready to accommodate 33 revolutions per minute, the film "I Am Cuba" boasts some single-take shots so boggling, the following phrases showed up in my notebook: "How did they do that? A three-story-high tracking shot...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — It was a dank, rain-sodden Raymond Chandler kind of morning, as if some omnipotent auteur had rung up the studio and ordered a classic film noir sky. Cumulonimbus clouds the color of a snub-nosed revolver hovered with ominous intent,...
| Oct 19, 2011
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer, director and producer of original radio plays for CBS during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and '40s when he was revered as the "poet of the airwaves," has died. He was 101.
Corwin, a journalist, playwright,...
| May 4, 2012
Charles Higham, a poet, critic and prolific celebrity biographer who found political and sexual intrigue in the lives of Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and, most controversially, Errol Flynn, died April 21 at his Los Angeles home. He...
| May 2, 2012
Patricia Medina, a British-born actress whose Hollywood career as a leading lady in the 1950s spanned the talking mule comedy "Francis" and Orson Welles' crime-thriller "Mr. Arkadin," has died. She was 92.
Medina, the widow of actor Joseph Cotten, died...
| Apr 7, 2011
Bill Varney, an Academy Award-winning sound mixer whose final film credit was a "director's edition" of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" that was released on the film's 40th anniversary, has died. He was 77.
Varney died Saturday of congestive heart...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it.
The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 1:15 PM
German media mogul
Leo Kirch, 84, who turned his one-man film distribution company into Germany's second-biggest media business before losing control of it after a gamble on pay television, died Thursday in Munich. His family did not give...